AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills last month swore Robert J. Souza of Durham onto the board of directors for the Maine Connectivity Authority, a new state entity charged with achieving universal availability of high-speed broadband in Maine.

Souza has 46 years of telecommunications experience. He recently retired from Otelco Inc. where he had spent the past 18 years of his career. A graduate of Biddeford High School, Souza also served on the Telephone Association of Maine for 29 years.

The board of directors is charged with governing the authority and is comprised of seven members. The commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development also holds a seat. Their swearing-in comes one day after the Maine Senate unanimously confirmed the seven nominees and less than a month after Mills signed into law the landmark legislation establishing the authority, which also passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

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